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Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Why does my cough get worse at night or first in the morning?

Position?: If your cough worsens when you lie down, either at night or in the morning, it may be due to post-nasal drip or gerd. Both of these can cause bronchospasm and lead to cough. The treatments for these are different so see your doctor so treatment can be initiated if either or both of these proves to be the culprit. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more

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What is the best medication for night-time cough ?

What is the best medication for night-time cough
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Depends...: The best treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. Are you coughing at night when you lie down? If so, this could be due to post-nasal drip which has a very different treatment than bronchospasm (which is another possibility). Other etiologies include gerd which also worsens when lying down. All these possibilities have very different treatments. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over the counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Once
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
Once
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What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

Cool mist humidifier: May be helpful, especially if in a dry climate. ...Read more

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I have cough that is always very serious at night what do I do please.

I have  cough that is always very serious at night what do I do please.

Reflux?: A possible cause of a cough that's worse in the evening is gastro-esophageal reflux. After food enters your stomach certain muscles (the LES or lower esophageal spincter) contract to prevent stomach contents from regurgitating back into your esophagus. This condition is more noticeable when lying horizontal. Using a wedge to elevate your upper body while sleeping can help. If persists see your Dr ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Take an expectorant
2x day
Use ginger and turmeric to help with cough and inflammation
2x day
If not better in 3 days, consult doctor to possibly get an antibiotic
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Have got a very catchy cough started with green thick goo now white froth been going for about 4 weeks now, will wake me up at night & continue by day?

Have got a very catchy cough started with green thick goo now white froth been going for about 4 weeks now, will wake me up at night & continue by day?

Treat: Green sputum means immune cells got involved with your infection. Now the mucous is being produced as part of inflammation. The cough is to bring up this junk. You now prob have reactive airway disease cuz your lungs think they need to keep producing sputum. They don't. Get an xray, you may need a short blast of steroids and an inhaler. Get it chked out. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a cough, it's not to bad during the day, however at night i can't seem to stop! help please ?

Hi, I have a cough, it's not to bad during the day, however at night i can't seem to stop! help please ?

Sinusitis: Depending on when the cough starts at night it may be that you have a sinus infection. When you lay down the sinuses begin to drain and will trigger a cough because of the post-nasal drip that occurs. If the symptom has been going on for more that 7 to 10 days you should see you doctor. ...Read more

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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
Once
Take over-the-counter antitussive medicine (such as Robitussin)
Once
If short of breath, chest pain, fever, or worsened cough, call Dr.
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I just got this horrible cough last night. What can I do to make this cough go away?

I just got this horrible cough last night. What can I do to make this cough go away?

Need diagnosis...: Before any cough can be treated, the etiology must be diagnosed. Etiologies of cough include acute bronchitis, bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd or even a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so you need a diagnosis for the cough first. See your doctor for diagnosis and then treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to reduce airway inflammation. ...Read more

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